Friday, May 05, 2006

In case you didn't know

Cinco de Mayo does not celebrate the day that Mexico earned its independence from Spain.
Cinco de Mayo is a date of great importance for the Mexican and Chicano communities. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Althought the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" came to represent a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism. With this victory, Mexico demonstrated to the world that Mexico and all of Latin America were willing to defend themselves of any foreign intervention. Especially those from imperialist states bent on world conquest.
Either way, it's an excuse to eat nachos carne asada and drink tequila Pacifico, so I'm happy.
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